Monthly Archives: April 2016

Reflection: The 2015-2016 Season

Well, it’s been a long year.

It’s been a long, exciting, amazing, wonderful year, and it wouldn’t have happened without all of the people that I am now lucky enough to have support me. First and foremost, HUGE thanks are in order to the Chinese Taipei Skating Union for welcoming me with open arms and doing their utmost best to accommodate my every worry and need. I know I’m not an easy person to get along with, but these people are so kind and supportive, and go above and beyond the norm to do their best for me. I couldn’t ask for a better skating federation!

Of course, a massive shout out to every single one of my fans, all across the globe and especially in Taipei! To be able to represent Taiwan in international, worldwide competitions is dream come true, and it’s truly an honor to know that I have such incredible supporters cheering me on. Without you guys, and without the Chinese Taipei Skating Union, I wouldn’t have had the chance to compete at my first Four Continents, my first Junior Worlds, and my first World Championships! Even though my performances were far from perfect, there were lots of good things about them too, and I really am looking forward to the new season.

This entire year has been indescribable – from my first senior B international to my first Junior Grand Prix, my first ISU championship event to my very first international medal – and it’s been so much fun. I’ve been to so many different places and learned so much, and I’m sure that I have even more that I can learn and experience in the future. So THANKS SO MUCH to all of you, for always supporting me! I’m so incredibly lucky to have found my place at last. It’s honestly one of the best choices I’ve ever made. And it drives me to always, always, always keep going!

2016 World Championships @ Boston – My Personal Best Short Program

2016世錦賽 – 感謝, 感謝, 再感謝!

對於能夠參加這次2016 ISU 的世界錦標賽 (World Championship) 和之前的世界青年錦標賽 (Junior World) / 四大洲錦標賽 (Four Continents),我由衷的感謝滑冰協會王理事長及吳秘書長給我寶貴的機會能代表 Chinese Taipei Skating Union 參加,並不斷地給我支持與鼓勵。同時在這次比賽期間,我非常感謝波士頓華僑文教服務中心郭大文主任 (Dr. Edward Kuo),波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處教育組黃薳玉組長 (Cynthia W.Y. Huang- Director of Education Division, TECOB),陳文昌 (Mr. Chen – Deputy Director),Dr. Shih H. Wang,Ms. Chiali Hwang,世界日報及所有僑界長官蒞臨現場替我加油鼓勵。我也非常感謝匈牙利代表處副組長 (Deputy Director) Ms. Myra Lu 於世界青年錦標賽時蒞臨現場替我加油鼓勵。最後我要感謝所有台灣朋友及所有愛護我的冰友們之支持。感謝,感謝,再感謝!

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Lin finds new inspirations

from BOSTON Herald, Kat Hasenauer Cornetta – Friday, April 01, 2016

Amy Lin tried to treat yesterday as just another day in the life of a 16-year-old Californian.

It was anything but.

Skating at the midway point of the ladies short program, Lin, representing Chinese Taipei, shocked many with a clean performance that at the time vaulted her into first place over skaters with much more experience and name recognition.

It was just another step in a career reinvention, though it sounds strange to be talking in such terms for a very young skater.

“(This season) I’m not exactly trying to become a new me, but just trying to become the person I’ve always known I can be,” said the high school junior from Riverside, Calif., who finished 14th yesterday.

Just last year, Lin was a junior level skater representing the United States, but she was struggling. At the 2015 National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., she faltered and finished fifth.

“Coming after the Nationals in Greensboro, that was quite a disappointment for me, especially that long program with the two falls,” said Lin. “I guess I was looking for a new start.”

So she explored not just changing her skating technique, but changing the country she represented. The daughter of parents from Taiwan, it was not that someone recommended that she think about representing the country.

“I always considered myself Taiwanese, even though I live in America,” said Lin. “One of my coaches suggested last year, ‘Maybe you could consider switching to Taipei.’ ”

Lin welcomed the suggestion, and Chinese Taipei’s skating federation welcomed her with open arms. Inspired by the change, she won their national championships and was assigned to international competitions for the first time in her career.

The opportunities against the world’s elite inspired her. She finished eighth last fall in her first international event, following that with seventh and third place finishes. She competed in two major events in the weeks immediately before Worlds: the Four Continents, where she finished 15th, and the World Juniors, where she finished 14th.

She arrived back from World Juniors with a week to spare before arriving in Boston for Worlds, but the new Lin didn’t let it become an obstacle.

Taking the Garden ice to skate her short program to the music from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” Lin landed a triple toe loop-triple toe loop and a triple Lutz on her way to a career-best score of 57.50. She didn’t just land jumps that had alluded her in her past, she lit up the ice with a performance quality beyond that of several more experienced competitors.

Lin kept saying her great skate was just like any other day, but her coach knew better.

“It’s one thing to do it in practice all the time, and then to come out in front of all these people and still have that kind of performance,” said coach Tammy Gambill.

Deep down, Lin knew that too.

“I don’t have any words,” said a smiling Lin. “Well, I do have words, but I can’t say them in a family-friendly setting, so I’m not going to say them.

“But I am just so happy right now.”